Some hae meat and canna eat, / And some wad eat that want it, / But we hae meat and we can eat, / And sae the Lord be thankit.
Have you been practising your Selkirk Grace? Burns Night is just around the corner and you certainly won’t be stuck for events and Burns Suppers in Scotland this Burns Night!
Celebrated annually on Robert Burns’ birthday, 25 January, Burns Night gathers Scots and Scots-at-heart around the world to pay tribute to the great poet’s life and works, and the holiday is marked by a jam-packed programme of festivities across the country.
Burns Night events in Scotland in 2021
With current Covid-19 restrictions, Scotland’s fantastic range of shows and events have taken to the online world to bring you the best of Robert Burns celebrations, so no one has to miss out on the fun. Featuring all sorts of entertainment, haggis eating, whisky toasts, poetry readings, songs and more, join in these key Scottish traditions with some good company and loads of fun!
15 January – 2 February
The world-famous Celtic Connections is here to take over the online world for the first time. Across 19 days, including Burns Night – performances will be available to view online with some of the biggest names on the Scottish music scene and beyond. Tickets will need to be booked in advance and prices vary across the dates.
An Evening of Burns at Ellisland
22 January; 7:30pm
Crack out the haggis and whisky a few days early to join in a virtual celebration of the life of Robert Burns. The night will build support for the Robert Burns Ellisland Trust, which safeguards the home Burns designed himself and where he wrote some of his greatest works.
Glasgow Distillery Online Whisky Tasting
Every Thursday and 25 January; 7 – 8:30pm
Tingle your tastebuds with this special virtual tasting to celebrate Burns Night with 5 premium whiskies from the Glasgow Distillery Company. From the comfort of your own home, tune into the WebEx session where you can discover all the secrets behind the first whisky distillery in Glasgow in over 100 years.
Book your tickets now.
Burns Big Night In
23 January; 7 – 8:30pm
Featuring music from Talisk, a cocktail masterclass from Glenlivet, exclusive insight into the life of Robert Burns from history experts and much more is waiting for you and your family as you cosy in this Burns night. Tuck into your ‘Box of Braw’ for two filled with treats and a few wee nips to set your evening off, courtesy of some of Scotland’s most iconic brands.
Book your tickets now.
Burns Night Celebration
23 January; 7 – 9pm
What better way to celebrate Burns night than with music, song and dance complete with contributions from Pete Clark, Roddy Johnston, Seonaid Lynn and Ewan Galloway. The event will be hosted on Zoom and is free, but you will need to register in advance.
RCT’s Big Burns Night (In)
23 January; 7-9pm
With entertainment streamed live and created digitally from our teen team and kids, join in for speeches, music and more for a traditional (but family friendly) Burns Supper!
Book tickets now!
Burns & Beyond
23 – 25 January
Returning for 2021, Johnnie Walker and Burns & Beyond are here to celebrate the life works of Scotland’s National Bard, offering a series of free online events presenting art and culture from some of Scotland’s leading performers and musicians. This year will see the themes of Love, Hope and Kindness portrayed through live music and poetry from Lucky Middlemass’ Tavern, a special online performance of Ae Fond Kiss from KT Tunstall and more.
Burns Night Concert
25 January; 8pm
Join Claire Hastings for a cosy evening of live music and a celebration of Robert Burns! This event is free but donations are welcome.
A Virtual Burns Night
Tune in on the bard’s birthday in the ancient halls of Edinburgh Castle, to explore the life and works of Robert Burns through song and poetry. Raise a glass with the costumed performers, Lady Clara and Mistress Lindsay, to the Ploughman Poet and Toast o’ Edinburgh Toon!
Macsween Burns Supper
25 January; 7pm
Edinburgh-based haggis company, Macsween, is aiming to bring (possibly) the largest virtual Burns Supper to homes across the globe. Teaming up with Scottish comedy actor Karen Dunbar, and Dr. Rachel Barrie, master blender for Benriach distillery and described as ‘The First Lady of Scotch Whisky’, the event will be aired on Facebook at 7pm. The event is free so any one can join in the fun.
Big Burns Supper
25 January; 7pm
Tune in on Burns night to see an incredible line up of artists and personalities who will no doubt provide an eclectic night of entertainment for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Featuring KT Tunstall, Tide Lines, Skerryvore and Dougie Maclean, to name a few, it’ll be a braw night for sure!
The event will be free to view on Facebook and YouTube.
World’s Biggest Burns
25 January, 7pm
SBH Scotland, Grant’s Haggis and Endura have joined forces to bring the world together for one very exciting virtual World’s Biggest Burns night! Tune in for an entertaining evening featuring award-winning comedians Janey Godley and Fred MacAuley, as well as the world’s leading Robert Burns performer, Chris Tait, speaker and comedian, Bruce Fummey, traditional Scottish piper and music sensation, Kevin Brown, and Travis frontman, Fran Healy.
This event will be free of charge and available for everyone to enjoy. Stay tuned for more details!
Burns Night Ceilidh with the Nest Collective
25 January; 8 – 9:30pm
Dust off those dancing shoes with a free live Ceilidh from the Nest Collective. Tune in on YouTube for a night dressed up in tartan and Tam o’Shanters, with whisky flowing and floorboards shaking, all in celebration of Scotland’s National Bard. Host Sam Lee will guide you through the evening, with contributions from special guest musicians. The event is free but you will need to register your interest beforehand.
Postcards From Scotland
From 25 January; 1pm
The virtual festival of music and poetry returns to celebrate the work and continued influence of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. Featuring Postcards From Scotland on 25 January with music from Skerryvore, Breabach, Elephant Sessions, Niteworks, Kinnaris Quintet and Moishe’s Bagel with Fiona Hunter, and Scottish Poetry Library present a pass the mic session on 29 January, hosted by Vic Galloway, drawing on the spirit of Burns for a fresh mix of spoken word and verse.
Hosting your own? Have a look at our How to Hold Your Own Burns Supper eBook for all the info you’ll need and play this Burns Night Spotify playlist – filled with Scottish classics to match the occasion!
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